Avalan Institute

The mission of Avalan Institute is to connect just and objective data, research, and strategy with productive organizations and agencies to impact change as it relates to social justice, with heightened focus on criminal justice, juvenile justice, and racial justice.

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In Season II of West of Middle East, we hear from people from the Middle East diaspora who are changemakers working in and around the field of education-be it through traditional academia, technology, the arts, advocacy or movement-building.

Each episode shines a spotlight on changemakers doing everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary, humanizing their triumphs and struggles and offering a more real narrative of what it means to be human.

 

CURRENT WORK

Our current projects and clients include: The Executives Alliance for Boys and Men of Color- a national philanthropic alliance with the goal of increasing investments in boys and men of color; Open Society Foundations (OSF)Iranian American Women's Foundation, and Rosenberg Foundation. The work entails research and strategic advising across a range of justice and public safety issues, including police accountability and reform, ending mass incarceration, and juvenile justice reform. 

click here to view naacp report

by our director, Dr. niaz KASRAVI

 
 
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Executives alliance

The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, launched in April 2013, is a growing network of national, regional, and community foundations. The 30 member institutions engage in a broad array of initiatives and activities to support boys and men of color, including the recently announced White House public-private partnership My Brother’s Keeper.

www.bmafunders.org


Iranian American Women's Foundation

Since 2010, the Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAWF) has set the stage to empower and inspire Iranian-American women of all ages and career paths through its nationally recognized annual Women’s Leadership Conferences. The goal is to provide a platform for IAWF members to expand on their professional and personal growth. 

www.iawfoundation.org

 

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Rosenberg foundation

Through its grant making, the Rosenberg Foundation supports leadership development, policy advocacy and grassroots organizing to dismantle barriers to opportunity for low-income communities and communities of color through the following priority areas. www.rosenbergfound.org

 The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.    www.opensocietyfoundations.org     

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

www.opensocietyfoundations.org